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Epileptic
by David B.

Overview - Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe's most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe's most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work.
David B. was born Pierre-Francois Beauchard in a small town near Orleans, France. He spent an idyllic early childhood playing with the neighborhood kids and, along with his older brother, Jean-Christophe, ganging up on his little sister, Florence. But their lives changed abruptly when Jean-Christophe was struck with epilepsy at age eleven. In search of a cure, their parents dragged the family to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes. But every new cure ended in disappointment as Jean-Christophe, after brief periods of remission, would only get worse.
Angry at his brother for abandoning him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, Pierre-Francois learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a fascinating window into his interior life. An honest and horrifying portrait of the disease and of the pain and fear it sowed in the family, Epileptic is also a moving depiction of one family's intricate history. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to the stories of Pierre-Francois's grandparents and we relive his grandfathers' experiences in both World Wars. We follow Pierre-Francois through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, all the while charting his complicated relationship with his brother and Jean-Christophe"s losing battle with epilepsy. Illustrated with beautiful and striking black-and-white images, Epileptic is as astonishing, intimate, and heartbreaking as the best literary memoir.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375423185
  • ISBN-10: 0375423184
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Publish Date: January 2005
  • Page Count: 368


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Every picture tells a story

Original and moving, David B.'s Epileptic is a graphic memoir about the author's childhood near Orléans, France. His older brother, Jean-Christophe, developed epilepsy at age 11, and the impact this had on the artist as a child, a teen and an adult is detailed in alternately sweet, tragic and hilarious fashion. The simple black-and-white drawings call to mind Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, as do the adolescent's-eye view of life and the author's matter-of-fact tone. It's all beautifully presented in an oversized hardcover book.

Becky Ohlsen writes from Portland, Oregon.

 
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